Actor Ben Affleck (left) arrives at a hearing with Senator Patrick Leahy, centre, and Senator Lindsey Graham, in Washington, D.C., U.S., 26 March 2015.
Dr Natasha Lindstaedt

Dr Natasha Lindstaedt is a Professor of Government at the University of Essex, where she also serves as the Faculty Dean for Education in the Social Sciences. Dr Lindstaedt’s research focuses on authoritarian regimes, human security, state failure and good governance, and she has published several books on these topics including “Failed States and Institutional Decay and most recently, Human Security in Disease and Disaster.” Dr Lindstaedt also currently consults for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Western Asia (UNESCWA) on governance in the Arab region, and has consulted for the European Union External Action Service and IDEA International on issues of institution building and governance. She is also a frequent analyst for CNN and the BBC, and regularly contributes to the Conversation.